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April 4, 2013 There is nothing like the pride of a parent knowing how hard a child worked to achieve something, and then to watch him or her execute that tas. more »»
She/He Gets That From Me
March 11, 2013 As I was tying my tennis shoe the other day, my husband Bruce watched. He noticed I have a slick way of using my thumb to make the bow. “I probably got that from my dad,” I told him. more »»
The Seat Next to You
January 7, 2013 Comparing life to a roller coaster is nothing new; it’s not a very original analogy; in fact, it’s quite the cliche. But cliches are cliches for a reason; they say it all. more »»
The Best Company
December 3, 2012 When was it that my children became “company”? During the Thanksgiving holiday last month, my son, daughter and son-in-law came to town. When they were in the house, I got nothing accomplishe. more »»
'Now I Can Tell You ...'
October 2, 2012 “Tell me what??!!!????” That would be a text from my son, Leland, and my text back. Well, my text back to him only had one question mark. more »»
July 5, 2012 How tall is Ilanna? “SOOOOOOOOOOOOO tall,” we used to say to my friend’s daughter when she was just a toddler. That’s one of the important things we measure as our children are growing up. more »»
What a Mom Wants ...
May 3, 2012 Every once in a while, I’ll check in on my kids’ happiness level. I ask them how happy they are, on a scale of 1 to 10. I usually hope for at least a 7 1/2 or . more »»
April 5, 2012 My daughter told me today that I'm “an inspiration” because of my dedication to my exercise regime. My son told me last month that I'm one of his “closest friends. more »»
We're Not Quite Ready
March 2, 2012 Five years before Amanda was born, I had her name picked out. We were planning on her arrival — but just not yet. In a few years ... four or five, maybe, we though. more »»
January 5, 2012 There are moments in our lives that glow, like magic. It’s almost as if time stands still, just for a minute or two, while we take it all in, realizing that something important just happened. more »»
The After-School Rush
December 6, 2011 Back in the later years of elementary school, I remember rushing home from work to make it there before my kids scurried up the front porch with their book bags and brains full from an exciting day... more »»
November 4, 2011 “Push, push ...” We moms get those words of encouragement before our babies are even born. And we, in turn, spend years passing words of encouragement onto our childre. more »»
The Ins and Outs of 'Butting' ...
September 30, 2011 We spend much of our lives offering advice to our children — whether they want it or not. When they are young, our words are more of a mandate than an opinion or piece of advice. more »»
Long After the Cord Is Cut ...
September 8, 2011 From the time Amanda was a tiny thing, people told us she was a “little Phyllis.” A “mini-me,” someone once called her. We never could see it. more »»